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Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:06 PM

First World Problems

I feel like an over-teched idiot. I just spent the last hour wondering why my computer wouldn't reboot before I realized it had decided my USB electronic cigarette was an unformatted boot drive.

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Currentsitguy Nov 2014 OP
Cute Kitten Eater Nov 2014 #1
Currentsitguy Nov 2014 #2
In The Mood Nov 2014 #3
Currentsitguy Nov 2014 #4
In The Mood Nov 2014 #5
Currentsitguy Nov 2014 #6
In The Mood Nov 2014 #7
Cute Kitten Eater Nov 2014 #8
In The Mood Nov 2014 #10
Currentsitguy Nov 2014 #12
Currentsitguy Nov 2014 #9
In The Mood Nov 2014 #11

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:16 PM

1. Hmmm... Some Chinese or Russian hackers probably replaced your e-cig with one that

copied naughty code to your system when you plugged it in to charge. Now your entire network has been taken over and all the nodes are being used to conduct cyber attacks against critical US infrastructure. Congratulations, your nicotine habit just caused world war 3.

I should write scripts for shows like NCIS.

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Response to Cute Kitten Eater (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:22 PM

2. LOL!!!

You may have something there. This is a brand new control head that I just had replaced due to a warranty claim. The old one never had this problem, and it is made in China. Great. now the Chinese are in possession of the secret of my coffee and heavy vaping habits.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:26 PM

3. The "Internet of Things" grows ever larger....

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Response to In The Mood (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:35 PM

4. You bring up a good point

I am a 25 year IT professional and frankly it concerns me. Do you really think that Samsung Android refrigerator or Nest Thermostat have top notch secure OS's? How long before we are all on here discussing someone who is raided and possibly even killed by a heavy handed SWAT team for child porn only to find out later that their coffee pot was hacked and acting as a Darkweb server? Back in the late 90's I worked at a company that had a high end HP printer that we found was handing out Playstation 1 games on IRC.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:54 PM

5. Interesting about the printer, and that it goes back that far in time.

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Response to In The Mood (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:52 PM

6. Apparently no one considered

that a high volume printer with an internal hard drive as a print buffer (HP d640) and a completely unsecured tftp server would make a perfect place to hide files and services from the network. The only way I found it was a few of us in the IT department used it as a dumping ground for "unauthorized" downloads. We had a T1 back in the days when dialup at home was the norm, so a lot of us saved our big downloads for work.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:01 PM

7. Aha! Well, I suspect that you agree when I say the times are going to get a lot more interesting

when the Internet of Things grows, and is 'discovered' by more people with time on their hands.

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Response to In The Mood (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:09 PM

8. Someone might take control of all the toasters in the world and make it so every piece of toast

pops up burned. Could you imagine the mass panic and mayhem that would cause? Burned toast makes me rage hard.

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Response to Cute Kitten Eater (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:11 PM

10. Excellent!

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Response to Cute Kitten Eater (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:16 PM

12. In my more paranoid moments

I have always suspected my household appliances were conspiring against me.




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Response to In The Mood (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:11 PM

9. Hell yes

There is nothing more dangerous than an intelligent, curious, bored teenager/young adult. When cable internet first came to our area it was relatively unsecured. I remember endlessly amusing myself by connecting to various printers I found poking around on the subnet, presumably other homes, and printing random messages. I used to giggle my butt off after printing out things like "I love you" and "We are watching" in random homes.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:12 PM

11. Yep.

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